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StatusCrisis Alert DateFebruary 12, 2021 Region Texas

Texas Cold Weather Crisis

Another major winter storm brought freezing rain, snow and temperatures that were well below average to broad parts of Texas and much of the eastern half of the US, creating a major crisis for millions of people. More than 40 people died across the region in this extended bout of extreme weather.  After a massive and extended power outage and loss of clean running water in many communities, approximately 18,000 Texans still remain under boil water advisories across the state, though many more are still struggling with the effects of burst pipes and low availability of both plumbers and plumbing materials. Clean bottled water remains in demand. Americares has coordinated multiple rounds of water delivery across the affected region. We are also following up with partner organizations on the potential impact of the State’s recent decision on electricity pricing and may be able to provide financial assistance to some partners to help cover some of the costs. Thankfully, our partners have been spared the effects of water damage and burst pipes, with many reporting that they turned off the water prior to suspending operations ahead of the storm. Dozens of shipments of medicines. PPE and other relief supplies have gone out to affected partners.

Americares Emergency Response Team offered assistance to 110 free and charitable clinic partners in Texas, serving low-income, uninsured patients throughout the state.

Houston city employees hand out bottled water.
City of Houston employees hands out bottled water to Houston residents following a week of extremely cold temperatures that knocked out power and water. Water pressure slowly returned but the city issued a boil water notice throughout the weekend. Unfortunately, many homes were still without power to boil water, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. (Photo/Annie Mulligan)

We are coordinating our response efforts with the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, the Texas Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, Feeding America, The Salvation Army and other local and national response organizations.   

Americares has a long history of emergency response and recovery work in Texas, most notably following Hurricane Harvey.

Read more about our response to the Texas crisis.